Visit Florida launched a travel hub on VisitFlorida.com designed to assist travelers and travel advisors in planning vacations with special-needs travelers in mind.
The site directs visitors to where they can find guest services such as wheelchairs, sign-language interpreters, listening devices and quiet rooms at state parks, beaches and attractions. It also shows which beaches are wheelchair accessible, which have wheelchair rentals, and which have free wheelchair services. Some parks also offer accessible campsites, trails, playgrounds and boat launches. For families with children on the autism spectrum, the travel hub shows where families would be able to find sensory-friendly museums and attractions.
Dana Young, who recently took the helm as president and CEO at Visit Florida, said in a statement, "What our visitors may not know is that many [of our attractions] are accessible to travelers with special needs. We want to take the stress out of planning a Florida vacation and ensure that all travelers know the Sunshine State is a destination that anyone of any ability can enjoy."